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wednesday night. the flu sweeping the country has hospitals reeling and searching for new ways to cope with the flood of patients. emergency rooms overwhelmed. one hospital putting up tents. at another, doctors have been ordered to wear masks. and one major american city has declared this a public health emergency. abc's linsey davis is on the front lines for us tonight. >> reporter: in boston today, the mayor sounded the alarm. >> today, i am declaring a public health emergency in the city of boston. >> reporter: at mass general hospital, there are now 24-hour waits to be admitted. and when you do get in to see a doctor or nurse, they'll now be wearing protective masks. >> what's really been a problem for us is the increase in volume, we are seeing unprecedented levels of both hospital crowding and emergency department visits. >> reporter: it's not just boston. one pennsylvania hospital is so inundated with the flu, they've set up a special tent outside the emergency room to deal with
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those patients. and in minnesota, where they've already had almost 1,000 confirmed cases of the flu, they're trying everything to stop the spread. >> please, we implore you to stay home when you're sick. >> reporter: for up to five days, you may be infected and contagious without a single symptom. on day one of your symptoms, the very first sign, your fever will spike, as high as 104, even 106 degrees. severe headache and muscle pains, too. >> i was feeling dizzy still and i couldn't breathe even more, like, my face was all sweaty. >> reporter: by day three, add on a sore throat, stuffy nose and a dry cough. this happens to be three day for lawrence deloach. >> i feel weak. i never been hit by a mac truck, but i feel like this is -- this is it. >> reporter: by day seven, you're likely no longer contagious, but symptoms can persist, especially fatigue and
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coughing. both can last for weeks. yes, weeks. that's where things stand at the petrocelli house, who are in their second week of sickness, despite their 9 and 12-year-old daughters both getting flu shots. >> we are into the upper respiratory now. this is a lot of coughing and a lot of tissues. it feels like every day it's just getting worse. >> reporter: there is a crowd inside the emergency room here at st. luke's tonight. the hospital calling the flu outbreak here severe. about 20% to 25% of the patients inside the e.r. tonight all have flu symptoms. and flu season isn't expected to hit its peak until the end of the month. diane? >> linsey, thank you so much. and we really feel for all of you who sent us those videos. now, i want to bring in abc's seen more medical contributor dr. jen ashton. jen, what should people do at home if they think they're feeling the first symptoms? >> three important steps for people to take if someone in their household is sick.
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the first thing is starting anti-viral medication. if someone in the house has a known or suspected case of the flu, probably a good idea to start tamiflu. or an anti-viral medication. but again, not for the common cold. second thing, you want to make a sick room. this is pretty much like isolation, as we do in the hospital. this person should not be sleeping or eating with others. remember, this flu virus can be transmitted up to six feet away. so, you really want to keep that person separate. and lastly, disinfect. wipe off those surfaces, and, guess what, diane? the flu virus really does not like humidity and sunlight. so, you want to open up the blinds, boost the humidity, turn up the temperature. research has shown that can actually deactivate the flu virus. >> let the sun shine in if you can. >> absolutely. >> thank you so much, dr. jennifer ashton reporting in. and we turn next to washington today. secretary of state hillary clinton spoke to cameras for the first time since her concussion and blood clot, saying she is thrilled to be back at work, but calling her return to the state department bittersweet, as she prepares to step down, saying, don't call it retirement just
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yet. >> well, i don't know if that's the word i would use, but certainly, stepping off the very fast track for a little while. >> and for now, her fast track includes some growing signs of menace from iran. today, the state department vowed to do something about a father held hostage for years and a family's desperate plea for action. here's abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz with the story. >> reporter: these are the latest images of robert levinson. the last proof of life, sent anonymously via e-mail to his family, more than a year ago. kept secret in hopes it would help his chances. until now. >> they're very difficult to look at. even today, some of our daughters were crying to me over the phone about how upset they were to see them again. >> reporter: it was nearly six years ago when the father of seven disappeared from the iranian island of kish where he was working as a private investigator.
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his family has no doubts -- they believe iran is responsible. >> we'd appreciate higher level talks, higher level discussions from our government. >> reporter: but relations with iran are extremely tense. america locked in a simmering standoff. anger and fear over iran's nuclear program. and now, iran being suspected in the recent massive cyber attack on u.s. banks, disrupting service to millions of americans. >> these cyber attacks have become much more sophisticated in nature than they were in the past. >> reporter: in fact, hillary clinton says there is nothing that has worried her more as secretary of state than iran. not only the prospect of a nuclear weapon, but its part in terrorism all over the world, which, of course, complicates ongoing efforts to find and free robert levinson. diane? >> thank you so much, martha raddatz. and now, an abc news investigation.
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we have learned of a wall street scandal that could be bigger than the one contrived by bernie madoff. ordinary americans, investors, losing billions of dollars, thinking they were riding the chinese economic boom, only to get a very big shock. abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross is on the case. >> reporter: as one chinese company after another managed to get listed on nasdaq and the new york stock exchange, al smith and his wife in boise, idaho, saw it as a safe way to get in on china's huge economic boom. >> you think there's some kind of stamp of approval once they come on these exchanges. >> reporter: but they ended up losing much of their retirement money, $60,000, when they invested in a chinese coal company traded on the new york stock exchange that, it turns out, had no coal mine. >> i'm not a big guy or a rich guy. and it's just -- was pretty tough for us. >> reporter: u.s. authorities say smith's money and that of many other americans ended up in
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the pockets of the coal company boss, a kind of chinese version of bernie madoff. all part of what an abc news investigation found is a wave of suspected fraud by some 70 chinese companies, once listed on u.s. stock exchanges. >> common theme among the many cases that we've already filed is the brazenness of the fraud. it's quite extraordinary in some instances. >> reporter: including what happened with a company called china integrated energy. which claimed to operate three big fuel plants in china. but according to an investor's lawsuit, these surveillance photos taken at one plant supposedly operating at maximum capacity, show scant activity and no tanker trucks carrying the fuel to market. >> i filmed about four months, and during that period, i found that they produced essentially nothing. >> reporter: there was a beehive of activity on one day, the day american investors came for a tour. >> it was the first time in four months we see tanker trucks show up. >> reporter: but once the investors are gone, so are the
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tanker trucks. >> just as dead as before. >> reporter: so, this was a complete con job. >> exactly. >> reporter: the company denies any fraud, but later acknowledged there were problems at this factory. the exchanges say they have since imposed more stringent rules on such companies. but a nasdaq official became unhappy when we pressed to know how could so many of them get listed in the first place. >> companies get on exchanges through -- through -- through -- through very -- look, this interview is over right now. it's over right now. >> reporter: what do you mean? >> i'm walking you out the door. >> reporter: before she left her job as chair of the s.e.c., mary schapiro told us that chinese officials refused her we quest request toe cooperate in any way going after the suspected frauds. tonight, the chinese government told us that was a groundless accusation that quote, will not conduce to our friendly relations. so, no help from the chinese on this, diane. >> all right, on the investigative trail again, brian
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ross. thank you. and now, we want to bring you up to date on a story we brought you last night. the outrage over aig, the insurance goliath, which was threatening to sue the united states, even though the company was rescued by $182 billion in taxpayer money. well, today, we learned aig is standing down. they have decided not to sue after all. and now, take a look at these images. when you take a ferry to work, you don't expect to wind up like this. on a line of people strapped to a gurney. a new york city ferry boat packed with hundreds of rush hour commuters came in for such a hard landing this morning, it slammed into the dock, hurled passengers through the air, down staircases, into windows. at least 70 people were injured. an investigation is under way. and tonight, more dramatic images of a planet in chaos from the weather. in the arabian desert, a rare snowstorm. that's snow in jordan. children there amazed and delighted by the strange white stuff all around them.
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and across the ocean, here at home in chicago, today marks 320 consecutive days without an inch of snow. and that's a 72-year record. and, last night, we showed you the wildfires in australia. well, here are pictures of grandparents forced to take refuge in the ocean water, huddled under a pier with their grandchildren for hours as tornadoes of fire roared past their home. and they are all well tonight. and, there is something that did not happen today that is making news tonight. the baseball hall of fame announced today that no one will be inducted this year. not one of the star players suspected of cheating with steroids. is the sport finally taking a different kind of stand? abc's david kerley on how the vote went down. >> reporter: it is where the names of the greats reside. ruth. williams. robinson. dimaggio.
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but for the first time in nearly two decades, no names will be added to the halls at cooperstown. no to pitcher roger clemens, the only seven-time cy young winner. no to barry bonds, who hit a record 71 home runs in one season. no to sammy sosa, the fifth player ever to hit more than 600 home runs. but all were suspected of using steroids or performance enhancing drugs. >> if there's any connection, real or imagined, to performance enhancing drugs, you are just not getting the writers' votes. >> reporter: it is the country's baseball writers who vote and one of them said today this was a message loud and clear on steroids. it follows years of trials and hearings. >> let me be clear. i have never taken steroids or hgh. >> reporter: the reaction was swift. hall of fame player mike schmidt saying, "this generation got rich. seems there was a price to pay." but the head of the player's union complained that to penalize players exonerated in legal proceedings and others never even implicated is simply unfair.
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>> cooperstown has always been, to me, a jubilant place that is full of joy and i don't think it will ever be that anymore because of the specter of steroids. >> reporter: clemens and bonds have 14 years of eligibility to find out whether the door to the hall will be opened to them. david kerley, abc news, washington. and still ahead here on "world news," take a look. can drinking too much, even twice a month, turn your face to this? a kind of postcard from the future, next. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] this is karen and jeremiah. they don't know it yet, but they're gonna fall in love, get married have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight about money. [ dog barks ] because right after they get married they'll find some retirement people who are paid on salary, not commission. they'll get straightforward guidance
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the cdc says 14 million women bring drink three times a month. drinking about six drinks each time. and the problem's worse overseas. the scottish government is attacking their growing female drinking problem with an app, offering this glimpse to women of what they'll look like if they keep drinking regularly. take your picture, say how much you drink and then see the results over years. baggy eyes, dry, dull skin, red spots and weight gain. that's just the side effects you see. so, why are more young women drinking here at home? >> for some people, they use it as a stress reliever. because it is like self-medicating. >> reporter: some researchers place at least part of the blame on alcohol companies who market to women. this ad encouraging women to sneak whiskey into the christmas cookies. this one for tequila. >> i'll come to the rescue. >> reporter: then there's the lighter products fruity bubbly bright-colored drinks known on some college campuses as chick beer. >> these are not alcoholic beverages that any guy would
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in and in our "instant index" and in our "instant index" tonight, we learn who has been asked to hit that high note in the star spangled banner outside in the cold at the inauguration. it is -- ♪ ore the land of the free ♪ >> you are hearing beyonce. that is her at the 2004 super bowl. she was chosen by the president himself. the president also chose kelly clarkson to sing "my country tis of thee" and he chose james taylor to sing "america the beautiful." and, are you ready to start seeing this squiggle on your dollar bills? there it is. well, we learned today that president obama will nominate white house chief of staff jack
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lew as the new treasury secretary. and his signature will appear on every bill in our wallets. but when we looked up that signature, there it is. one person described it as a slinky that lost its spring. lew says if confirmed, he'll try to improve his penmanship. and, what is your monopoly identity? do you go for the scottish dog, the hat, the thimble? today, monopoly announced they'll retire one of those tokens. and we, together, get to choose which one. so, you can vote online. the betting pros, by the way, say the wheelbarrow is the most likely to go. you can also vote for a new token, either a cat, a robot, a helicopter, a guitar or a diamond ring. i liked the wheelbarrow. oh well. if you see something out there for our "instant index," be sure to tweet it to me, @dianesawyer. and, coming up next here, we saw her take home gold in london. so, why was missy franklin so
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and, finally tonight, you know the days you just can't catch a break? let's say you're a teenager swimming in a high school meet and you look up and in walks an olympic gold medalist to compete against you. well, it's what happened in colorado. here's abc's david wright. >> take your marks. >> reporter: imagine having to face the best female swimmer in the world. not at the olympics, but at a high school swim meet. missy "the missile" franklin has four gold medals, plus a bronze. but she's a senior at regis jesuit high school in aurora,
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colorado, just 17 years old, entitled to compete on the varsity swim team. at 6'1", she towers over her teammates, the raiders. this was her first varsity swim meet since the london games, and she was up past midnight the night before, attending a justin bieber concert. her gold medal, a backstage pass to meet the teen heartthrob. >> morning practice after the bieber concert was not fun. at all. i've been so tired all day. >> reporter: franklin worried she might not be at her best. >> i was so nervous and i love that. i still get so excited to get in the pool every single time. >> reporter: no chance of that. in the 500 yards, she lapped all but one swimmer. in the 200 yards, she won by 20 seconds. today we reached the coach of the falcons, the team she blew out of the water. do you think it's fair she's competing against high school kids? >> i think it's very great. missy franklin is such a great role model for the swimmers, they look up to her. they were so excited for the meet. >> reporter: the closest many of
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these girls will come to olympic glory. david wright, abc news, los angeles. >> and did you know she's so excited, she gets up at 4:45 a.m. every day to practice. and tweeted a picture of the pool, saying, "sometimes we complain, but there's something beautiful about waking up before everyone to get better at what we love." and we thank you for watching. we are always at work on and "nightline" will be along later at its new time, 12:35 a.m. good night. tonight only on abc 7 news a parking lot conman tells vic lee about the history of ripping off drivers. >> an east bay man killed an intruder learns he may have been the victim of a divorce plot by his cheating wife and her boyfriend. >> we're live on developing news about the domestic
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violence victim who was set on fire. >> and a generation of rovers only on abc 7 news. >> police have just announced that bone fragments possibly believed to be those of a hayward girl missing since 198 are not a match. >> tonight the family of michaela garecht is no closer to answers. the fragment was recovered from a well in lyndon where victims of apair of convicted killers known as speed freak killers were buried. >> the bone turned out to be a previously identified murder victim. >> good evening i'm dan ashley. >> a man admits he made a career out of ripping off drivers in san francisco spoke about hoiz howe he's done it. tonight from jaishlgs he told his story to abc 7 news
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reporter vic lee vick has been following this story more than a year and now here with what you'll see on abc 7 news. >> the crime takingpú money while posing as a parking lot attendant may be a prime minister but -- plm plm -- misdemeanor. george anderson has a long rap sheet about 50 criminal charges and today spoke to us openly about himself. for doing what he does best. >> walk in there to $200. >> george anderson is one of the busiest criminals in san francisco. his specialty? conning drivers out of money. he goes to unattended parking lots that have pay stations and poses as an attendant collecting money from drivers as they pull in. the 50-year-old career criminal says most drivers don't read warning signs. >>

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